Ready Steady Grow

This year’s competition focuses on three themes ‘Growing Green’ ‘Health and Wellbeing’ and ‘Beautiful Blooms’. There are also some fantastic prizes up for grabs! 

The competition is designed for residents at all Supported Living and Retirement Living services. Whether you have access to a communal garden, allotment or courtyard, you can enter this year’s competition.

Please note that the competition deadline has now passed so no more nominations can be submitted. The public vote will be open from Monday 8th August 2022 for you to choose your winners from the nominations we've received. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 29th August 2022.

Information pack (PDF 1MB)

Growing Green

Transform your garden using recyclable products or make an insect house. A great way to create beautiful spaces and keep junk out of landfill. Using toilet paper rolls for growing plants, wellies for planting flowers, pallets are great for displaying plants or making tables.

Beautiful Blooms

Transform your garden or window pots and boxes to capture all the beauty of nature, creating nesting for birds or colourful flowers to attract bees and butterflies. Most of us would like more wildlife to visit our gardens, and making your outdoor space attractive to birds, mammals and invertebrates needn't involve a lot of work but can be very therapeutic.

Health and Wellbeing

Whether you have a small area or a large garden you will need to produce herbs, grow vegetables and/or fruit from scratch, nurture and watch them grow. Following on from this we would like to see you to make a meal with your produce of your choice where presentation will be a key factor.

Tuesday 15 March 2022 - Competition launch

Monday 18 July 2022 - Deadline to submit entries via online form

Monday 8 August 2022 – Monday 15 August 2022 - Online public vote is open

Thursday 29 August 2022 - Winners announced via email to managers and scheme mailboxes, and on our websites.

Everyone who enters the competition will receive a certificate of recognition for participating in the competition.

All winners will receive a certificate, trophy and a gift card for B&Q. B&Q gift cards can be spent nationwide at all stores on homeware, DIY and garden supplies.

Growing Green

  • First Place
    • “Best recyclable garden or space”
    • £250 gift card
  • Runner up
    • "Highly commended recyclable garden or space"
    • £100 gift card

Beautiful blooms

  • First Place
    • “Best garden with wildlife and flowers”
    • £250 gift card
  • Runner up
    • "Highly commended gardens with wildlife and flowers"
    • £100 gift card

Health and wellbeing

  • First Place
    • “Best grown vegetables and presented meal”
    • £250 gift card
  • Runner up
    • "Highly commended grown vegetables and presented meal"
    • £100 gift card

Your garden or vegetable patch will be judged by public vote between Monday 8 and Monday 15 of August

Growing Green

  • Being creative and using original, eco-friendly and sustainable ideas including recycled materials and unusual containers for your plants or wildlife.
  • Reuse plastic pots for sowing seeds e.g. a yoghurt pot or butter container.
  • Use old egg boxes and the cardboard inner tube of toilet rolls for your seedlings.
  • Use old wellies to plant flowers.

Beautiful blooms

  • Consider inventive ways to attract wildlife. Evidence of creatures, great or small, photographed in your garden is likely to get you more votes.
  • A welcoming and therapeutic environment that evokes memories and appeals to all the senses: sight, smell, touch, and sounds. Bold and beautiful blossoms and buds.
  • A range of flowers and plants with lots of colour and foliage.

Health and wellbeing

  • Creating a vegetable patch to grow your own herbs, vegetables and fruit.
  • A range of produce grown (from scratch would be a bonus).
  • Innovative ways of growing your produce.
  • Creating a meal from your produce – and how creative you are. An unusual or exotic meal, one that follows a theme or the inspiration behind why a meal or theme was chose is likely to score you more votes.
  • Whilst we won’t be able to taste the produce, presentation will be help voters judge your meal.
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